Published on April 25, 2020
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habit. Needless to say, IBS is a condition that can strip people of their quality of life.
Diets that are low in fiber, high in saturated fats, and high in fermentable carbohydrates are contributing factors to IBS in people who are obese.
📌Fiber is important in the digestive process because it can increase the bulk of stools, which benefits constipation and diarrhea, common symptoms of IBS.
📌Saturated fats have been linked to increased gut motility, contributing to diarrhea.
📌Fermentable carbohydrates, such as fructose and lactose, create more gas, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation and diarrhea in people with IBS.
There have been countless studies over the years to identify a link between IBS and obesity, but the association between the two conditions remains unclear: Is obesity more common among those who have IBS, or is IBS more prevalent among those who are obese?
However, while the research community continues to study the possibility of a link between IBS and obesity, one thing we know for sure: When it comes to our health and quality of life, people can be their own self-care advocate through proper diet. This will be helpful in managing their digestive health, IBS and, of course, help in weight loss.
Of the many gastrointestinal disorders, IBS is the most prevalent, accounting for 40% of referrals to gastroenterologists. While not all IBS sufferers are over-fat, many are, and when I meet them, I like to provide them with this reference sheet.